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15th September 2015, 13:08

48 members of the community presented with Medallions of Honour and Distinction

Forty eight members of the community have been presented with Medallions of Honour and Distinction at an awards ceremony at Grand Battery House. It is by far the largest number of awards rolled out in one year since the award was created.

The awards were created in 2008 by the then Chief Minister to bestow recognition on members of the community who have served in their respective fields. The Civic honours are awarded annually by the Gibraltar Parliament, and this year were presented by the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister, and the Mayor, himself a recipient of the Medallion of Honour in 2009.This was followed by the presentation of the Medallion of Distinction to no less than 41 members of the community, ranging from teachers, businessmen, sports men and women, and journalists.

These are the recipients for the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour ;

Mr James Levy CBE QC, Mr George Bassadone OBE, Mr John Bassadone OBE, for  serving and contributing to the interests of Gibraltar and its people in an exceptional manner  in particular for their services to the Community in the economic development of Gibraltar;

Judge Felix Pizzarello CBE  in particular for his service to the public service in various ranks of the judiciary;

Chief Justice, Anthony Dudley  in particular for his service to the Community in various ranks of the judiciary and marking his appointment as the first Gibraltarian Chief Justice;

Mr Joe Garcia MBE  in particular for his service to the Community in the fields of journalism and publishing; 

Juan Carlos Perez, in particular for his service to the Trade Union movement, politics, Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and the development of telecommunications.

These are the recipients for the Medallion of Distinction; 

Mr Joe Schembri, for service to the sporting community in particular the Commonwealth Games Association in Gibraltar;

Lt Col (Retd) Mark Randall, for his service to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and in particular his contribution to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Benevolent Fund and other charities;

Monsignor Mark Miles for the international promotion of Gibraltar through outstanding professional achievement in his service to His Holiness the Pope, Pope Francis;

Mr James Felices for services to the youth and in particular the Cheshire Homes in Morocco;

Mr Humbert Hernandez for the successful abolition of conscription and the establishment of the Action Group for the Abolition of Conscription as well as the recording of that period in the history of Gibraltar in his book on the subject, Conscript or Convict;

Mr Alfred Cortes for the successful abolition of conscription and the establishment of the Action Group for the Abolition of Conscription;

Mr Henry Pinna for the promotion of the rights of those seeking housing in through Action for Housing;

Mr Tommy Finlayson MBE for services in the recording of the history of Gibraltar;

Mr Joe Gingell for the recording of the history of the evacuation of Gibraltar and to local charities;

Mr Juaquin Bensusan MBE, for services to the Gibraltar Museum;

Mr George Palao BEM (deceased) for services to the recording of the history of Gibraltar;

Mr William Serfaty for the promotion of the right to self-determination of the People of Gibraltar;

Mr Joey Gabay (deceased) for services in activism in defence of the rights of the political rights of the People of Gibraltar;

Mr Joseph “Pepe” Romero for services to education as the first Gibraltarian headmaster of Bayside School;

Mr Mario Arroyo for services to education and the arts;

Mr Robert Balban BEM for services to the youth of Gibraltar and to local charities;

Mr Leslie Zammit MBE (deceased) for services to education and the performing arts;

Mrs Jenny Montegriffo for services to education, latterly as Headmistress (now retired) of St Paul’s School;

Mr Henry Sacramento GA for services to the community, in particular community policing, and the arts;

Mrs Mariola Summerfield MBE for creating awareness of women’s issues; Miss Carmen Gomez for outstanding achievements in the performing arts; Mr Brian Callaghan OBE for services to tourism in the hotel industry;

Mr Ernest Francis (Sr) for services to tourism in the hotel industry;

Mr James Bossino for services to tourism in the hotel industry;

Miss Georgina Cassar for outstanding representation of Gibraltar in sport, in Rythmic Gymnastics, as part of the United Kingdom Olympic Team in 2012;

Mr Chris Walker for services to Sport, in particular the Triathlon, and the outstanding representation of Gibraltar in international competitions including becoming World Champion in this sport;

Mr Arturo Taylor for services to sport, in particular shooting;
Mr Joe Santos GA for services to sport, in particular swimming‎and the coaching thereof; Mr Anthony Avellano for services to sport‎s journalism;

Mr John Shepherd Snr for services to sports journalism;

Mr A B Massias for his contribution to the economy of Gibraltar through property development;

Mr Louis Peralta for his contribution to the economy of Gibraltar through property development;

Mr Lucio Randall for his contribution to the development of telecommunications as managing director of Gibtel;

Mr Charlie Fortunato for his contribution to the development of telecommunications as managing director of Gibraltar Nynex Communications;

Mr James Ferro MBE for his services to the development of the Port in Gibraltar and the welfare of seamen;

Mr Robert Goldwin MBE for services to the Community in his role in the Public Services Commission;

Mr Douglas Harrison GA for his services to patients with kidney problems;

Mr Salvador Perez for services to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Association as its Chairman;

Dr Rene Beguelin for services to medicine and charities;

Mr Olivier Wasnaire for services to Gibraltar in the establishment and maintenance of a presence in Brussels;

Mr Solomon Levy MBE ED JP FRICS for services to Gibraltar in the promotion of intercommunity understanding amongst different religions and cultures.”